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SMAIF Supports HRSA Grant Opportunity to Address HIV Care Continuum in Southern Metropolitan Areas

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The south lags behind much of the rest of the nation on a number of key outcomes including viral suppression and survival among people living with HIV. To help address this, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced a funding opportunity for a new program: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Building Care and Prevention…

Webinar with the White House: Learn about the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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National HIV Testing Day is on June 27. On this observance, NMAC is working with The White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) to share how communities and individuals can engage with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020. NMAC’s Communities of Conversation are monthly, interactive sessions to spotlight topics relevant to the HIV/AIDS…

Updated Know Hepatitis B Campaign Materials from CDC Now Available – Tools To Increase HBV Awareness and Testing Among Asian American and Pacific Islanders

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Summary: Blog post about new hepatitis B campaign resources from CDC. The end of May marks the close of both Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Both observances have provided opportunities to raise awareness of and strengthen our response to the disproportionate burden of hepatitis B (HBV) infection among Asian Americans and Pacific…

New Funding to Support Curing Hep C among People of Color Living with HIV

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HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau recently announced two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), supported with resources from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, that will support the development of comprehensive jurisdiction-level hepatitis C (HCV) screening, care, and treatment systems for HIV/HCV coinfected people of color. Between 20-25% of people living with HIV in the United States are coinfected…

The Next Step – Making the Most of Your Coverage

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Millions of Americans are gaining health coverage every year. Between 2013 and 2014, African Americans and Latinos saw the largest declines in uninsured rates[1]. During the 2016 open enrollment period, over 2.2 million individuals of color selected plans through the Marketplace[2]. Getting coverage is a big accomplishment, but it is just the first step. Regardless…

HRSA Funding Opportunity to Support Leadership Training for People Living with HIV

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Hodgins thinks that one young voice is not enough. “Testing empowered me,” she says. “It can empower other young people [living with HIV]…we need to get together so our voices can be heard.” —Antigone Hodgins Dempsey, Your daughter’s voice , Mother Jones Nov/Dec 1993 The quote above was from an interview that I did at…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports SAMHSA Effort to Enhance Syringe Services Partnerships

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The Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) supports efforts to prevent new HIV infections and reduce drop-offs along the HIV care continuum for racial and ethnic minorities who bear a disproportionate burden of HIV disease. With SMAIF resources, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the availability of supplemental funding to…

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Join the Twitter Chat!

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and Altarum and NMAC are taking to Twitter to spread the word about viral hepatitis, particularly in minority communities. Millions of Americans in every community are living with viral hepatitis. While anyone can be exposed, being informed about which communities are disproportionately impacted can help focus…